2017 CRC Conference
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- Dylan de Thomas, Resource Recycling Partnership
- Wayne Pesce, CT Food Association
- Athena Lee Bradley, Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC)
- Chris Nelson, Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection
- Paul Gilman, SVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta
- Brian Paganini, VP and Managing Director, Quantum Biopower
- Charles Abbott, COO, Plainfield Renewable Energy
Meet The Panelists
Panel I: The Evolving Ton: How Packaging Affects our Waste Stream
Dylan de Thomas is Vice President of Industry Collaboration for The Recycling Partnership, working with the team there to increase the quantity and quality of the curbside collected recyclables across the U.S. as well as working to boost the economic health of the recycling industry as a whole. Previous to joining the Partnership, he worked for Resource Recycling, Inc. for a decade, directing and producing editorial content for three publications and three conferences covering various aspects of the recycling industry.
Wayne Pesce joined the Connecticut Food Association in September of 2015. Prior to joining CFA, Mr. Pesce served as vice president of national retail sales at Coca-Cola where he was responsible for supermarket customers in the Northeast with annual retail sales over $100 million. Pesce has been recognized for his leadership in the food industry having been inducted into the Connecticut Food Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and previously served as second vice-chairman of their Board of Directors. He is also a former Executive Committee member of the Food Industry Alliance of New York State. Mr. Pesce is currently a board member of the Connecticut Food Policy council and was recently appointed to a joint state task force on recycling and extended producer responsibility.
Athena Lee Bradley Athena Lee Bradley is the Projects Manager for the Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. She has been in materials management field for more than 25 years. She has attended the Maine Compost School and other compost operator trainings. Athena has organized and presented numerous trainings on organics and food scrap management, composting, and manure management, as well as provided technical assistance to businesses, government agencies, schools, and households.
Timothy DeVivo is a partner in Willimantic Waste Paper Co., Inc. with his brother Tom. Tim has proven instrumental in growing the company into one of the largest waste recycling firms in Connecticut through a series of acquisitions, vertical integration and sheer determination. Willimantic Waste employs over 300 full time people, operates 120 collection vehicles daily and runs 5 processing facilities handling over 200,000 tons of waste and recyclables materials on an annual basis.
Adam Ney is a CBIA team leader who is responsible for assisting in the association’s overall grass-roots legislative and regulatory activities, and also helps develop and coordinate the association’s outreach and engagement efforts to members, chambers of commerce, other business groups, public agencies, and the general public. Ney is a volunteer at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford High School where he works with students to gain relevance to classroom rigor and develop relationships with potential employers. He is also a board member of CT FIRST Robotics, the Connecticut Green Building Council, the Connecticut Power and Energy Society, and Knox Parks.
Panel II: State Legislative Update
State Representative Mike Demicco was elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2012 to represent the 21st district of Farmington and Unionville. Mike is a member of the Energy and Technology Committee, where he has previously served as Vice Chair. This year, Mike was appointed Co-Chair of the Environment Committee. Prior to serving in the State Legislature, Mike was a history teacher and served as town councilman.
State Representative Mary Mushinsky is the longest serving member of the CT House of Representatives. First elected in 1980, Mary has consistently been a leading voice for environmental activism, consumer advocacy, as well as sustainable and affordable state energy policy. Mary serves the town of Wallingford in the 85th district and is a member of the Environment Committee, where she previously served as a Co-Chair. Mary is a biologist by training, but in her many years serving in the State Legislature has demonstrated herself to be the chief proponent of major environmental legislation, including mandatory recycling, packaging reduction, and open-space preservation.
State Representative Joe Gresko, serves the 121st district of Stratford. Joe is currently on the Environment Committee, where he holds the position of Vice Chair. No stranger to the Capitol, Joe had served in Hartford as a communications director for various legislators and as the deputy chief of staff for the Speaker of the House, where he successfully worked on energy conservation and clean water legislation.
Panel III: Renewable Energy from Waste Materials
Paul Gilman was appointed senior vice president and Covanta’s first chief sustainability officer in 2008. He is responsible for Covanta’s safety, health and environmental compliance programs and sustainability initiatives that seek to reduce Covanta’s environmental impact while increasing the use of its technologies. From 2002 until 2004, he served as the assistant administrator for Research and Development and Science Advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Charles Abbott joined Greenleaf Power in 2011 as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Construction. In this capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of Greenleaf’s 150 Mw biomass portfolio. Prior to joining Greenleaf Power, Charles cofounded Fairlead Advisors LLC, which provided strategic, commercial, valuation and technical expertise to private equity clients. Charles was also the chief operating officer of the Trigen companies from 2005 to 2008. In that capacity, he was responsible for the execution of the business plan including day-to-day management and internal growth of the business. He also served in various capacities for the Trigen Companies since 1993 from Vice President District Energy Assets to Manager of Operations in Philadelphia. Charles also served as Plant Director for Orlando Utilities Commission’s Indian River Plant and as a field service engineer for Foster Wheeler.
Brian Paganini is the Vice President of Quantum Biopower, an integrator of energy technology that creates renewable electricity and fuels from waste. Quantum is the first company in Connecticut to develop, construct, and operate a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester located in Southington, CT. Brian overseas all aspects of Quantum’s operations and future project development.
Commissioner Robert Klee joined DEEP in April 2011 as Chief of Staff. In that role, he oversaw the work of the agency, supported the efforts of the Commissioner, and advised the Commissioner and senior staff on a wide range of environmental and energy policy issues. Prior to joining state service, Commissioner Klee was an attorney with Wiggin and Dana LLP, in New Haven, where he specialized in appellate work and energy and environmental law.
Update from The Regulator
Chris Nelson has been with CT DEEP for over 25 years and is currently the Supervising Environmental Analyst of the Sustainable Materials Management Program within the Bureau of Material Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA). This program is responsible for coordinating implementation of the State’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS) and developing programs and policies that support Connecticut’s materials management hierarchy and efforts to achieve 60% diversion of disposed materials in the state.